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Reta J. Nickerson

Reta Jane (Lantz) Nickerson, 85, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at her home in Stoughton with her family at her bedside. Affectionately known as Bunnie, she was the beloved wife of the late Albert Nickerson and the loving daughter of Ernest and Georgia Lantz, who emigrated from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts. Born in Dorchester, she grew up in Hyde Park and was a graduate of Hyde Park Schools. As a teenager, she knitted mittens and balaclavas for RAF pilots, and worked at her uncles bakery, serving the workers at the Fore River Shipyard. She and Al moved to Stoughton in 1955, and were active in forming the West Stoughton Civic Assoc. and First Congregationalist Church. She was active in Scouts, PTA and was a member of the Rising Star Lodge. A renowned seamstress, she operated Nickerson Drapery until retirement, and still kept her hands in, knitting 177 pair of mittens with her daughter Jane for the First Congregationalist Church Fair last year. She loved being outdoors, and was equally adept at dropping a tree with a bucksaw as with creating a bountiful garden to feed her family. She had a special love for rhubarb. Bunnie never shied from hard work or difficult tasks. She dearly loved her family and friends, and will be forever remembered for her grace, patience, loyalty and insight. She is and will forever be a helluva gal She is survived by her four loving children, Barry Lance Nickerson, Susan Helen Lloyd and her husband James, Jeffrey Scott Nickerson and his wife Ann and Jane Leslie (Nickerson) Ormonde. She was the loving grandmother of Meredith Lloyd, Douglas Lloyd, Elizabeth Vanderhoek and her husband Robert, Rebecca Ormonde, and great-grandmother of Lana Vanderhoek. Graveside services will be held in the Milton Cemetery, 211 Central St., Milton on Saturday at 11 a.m. and all that loved Bunnie are welcome. Arrangements by Farley Funeral Home, Stoughton. Donations in Retas memory may be made to the First Congregational Church, 76 Pierce St., Stoughton, 02072. Obituary at www.farleyfh.com. Farley Funeral Home (781) 344-2676


Published in The Enterprise on May 2, 2013
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